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Best Reads Of The Week With Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday! Ending a week in which I’ve been wondering if we all have been dropped into the first act of a supervillain movie since the news that the mysterious brain-injury-caused-by-sound…
Posted in CMS, Doctors, Drug Costs, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Insurance, Legislation, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, Obamacare Plans, Opioids, Pharmaceuticals, Premiums, Public Health, States, Substance Abuse, The Health Law, Trump Administration, U.S. Congress, Women's Health

Viewpoints: Many Oppose Right-To-Try Drug Law For All The Right Reasons; Where’s The Cure For Runaway Drug Prices? Not In Trump’s Plan.

Editorial pages focus on these and other health care topics.…
Posted in Health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mental Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Research Roundup: Medicaid Work Requirements; 340B Program; And Title X Funding

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: McCaskill Requests Federal Probe Of ‘Potentially Fraudulent’ Billing At Missouri Hospital; Texas Law Tests DNR Wishes

Media outlets report on news from Missouri, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia and Wisconsin.…
Posted in Health, States

USC’s Board Of Trustees Feeling The Heat After Supporting University’s President Amid Gynecologist Controversy

There's been a growing cry for President C.L. Max Nikias to step down after it was revealed USC had known for years about misconduct allegations against the campus' longtime gynecologist. But, "trustees believe Max Nikias, given the right circumstances, is the right person to lead this institution," one member said.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Differences Between Aftermath Of Parkland And Santa Fe Shootings Highlight A Country Divided

Survivors in gun-friendly Texas are keeping their demands moderate in the wake of the mass shooting. Meanwhile, the students are seeking advice and support from those who went through a similar trauma in Florida.…
Posted in Health, Public Health, States

Another Jury Rules Against Johnson & Johnson In Latest Lawsuit Tied To Safety Of Company’s Talc-Based Powder

The jury also asked if it was within the court's power to order a cancer warning label added to the product, but the judge said no.…
Posted in Courts, Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Despite Fertility Apps’ Rising Popularity, Critics Say They’re Just A Fancy Twist On Decades-Old Rhythm Method

More and more young women are relying on the technology, but is it effective as contraception? Some experts are skeptical. In other health technology news: the future of artificial intelligence, and a swallow-able sensor to check your digestive health.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry

Vets Seek To Change Hiring Practices That Allow Discrimination For Less-Than-Honorable Discharges

"You may as well be a felon when you're looking for a job," said Iraq War veteran Kristofer Goldsmith, who was discharged for attempting suicide.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

In Era Where Overdoses Are Treated As Homicides, It’s Not Just Dealers Who Prosecutors Are Going After

Friends and family are now being held criminally responsible for the deaths. Critics of the tactic say a focus on prosecution misses the point. “It’s kind of like blaming the leaves on the tree, you know?” said Michael Malcolm, whose younger son was charged in the overdose death of his older brother with whom he shared drugs purchased on the…
Posted in Courts, Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Medicaid Expansion Proposal Takes One Step Closer To Getting On Ballot In Idaho

Proponents say they gathered enough signatures to get the measure before voters in November, but officials still have to review them to make sure they're legitimate. Medicaid news comes out of Virginia, Minnesota and Florida, as well.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid, Public Health, States

First Edition: May 25, 2018

NOTE TO READERS: KHN's First Edition will not be published May 28. Look for it again in your inbox May 29. Here's today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

California Hospitals Urge Moms To Favor Breast Milk Over Formula

MONTEBELLO, Calif. — Wendy Wan, 31, said American infant formula is advertised in her native China as the most nutritious food for a newborn. “It sounds like it’s premium,” said Wan, who gave birth in early May at Beverly Hospital here. Wan said she was skeptical of the ads and had planned to feed her baby son only breast milk.…
Posted in Children's Health, Disparities, Health, Hospitals, Public Health

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Campaign Promises Kept, Plus ‘Nerd Reports’

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Sarah Kliff Vox.com @sarahkliff Read Sarah's Stories Alice Ollstein Talking Points Memo @AliceOllstein Read Alice's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories President Donald Trump managed to fulfill — at least in part — two separate campaign promises this week. To the delight of anti-abortion groups, the…
Posted in Bill Of The Month, Contraception, Courts, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Insurance, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, Michigan, Multimedia, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, States, The Health Law, Trump Administration, Uninsured, Virginia, Women's Health

Pfizer Settles Kickback Case Related To Copay Assistance For $24M

Explore The Database Pre$cription For Power Apr 6 Investigating the relationships between patient advocacy groups and Big Pharma Pfizer will pay the government nearly $24 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it funneled money through a foundation resulting in illegal kickbacks. The company is not admitting wrongdoing or liability as part of its settlement with the…
Posted in Copayments, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs

Perspectives: Parents Shouldn’t Leave The Gun Protests Just To The Students

Writers offer thoughts on the public health issue.…
Posted in Health

Viewpoints: Trump’s Fearless Pro-Life Promises Leap Ahead Of Past Presidents; Ignore Platitudes About Work Requirements

Editorial pages focus on these and other health care issues.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Medicaid, Mental Health

Longer Looks: A Pioneering Heart Surgeon; Psychedelic Drugs; Tech Addiction

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Court Upholds Ruling Against California Aid-In-Dying Law; Oregon Fights High Hep C Mortality Rate With New Treatment Model

Media outlets report on news from California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Texas, Rhode Island, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Maryland, Minnesota and Arizona.…
Posted in Health, States

Research On Children ‘Growing Out’ Of Gender Dysphoria Adds Layer Of Complexity To Transgender Care

Although research shows that up to 94 percent of children will "grow out" of their transgender identity, advocates say that those studies were flawed in the first place and shouldn't dictate how doctors care for young children who want to socially transition.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

To Help Smokers Kick The Habit, Money Outperforms E-Cigs, Nicotine Patches

But quitting rates overall were woefully low. Out of 6,006 smokers who enrolled in the trial, only 80 could provide biochemical evidence that they were smoke-free six months after their quit dates.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Lung Cancer Rates Are Now Higher In Women Than Men And Experts Aren’t Sure Why

The research raises some possibilities, including biological and genetic ones, about why rates for white and Hispanic women born since the mid-1960s outpace men. Other reports look at bariatric surgery benefits and cancers linked to obesity.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Following School Shooting, Texas May Consider ‘Red Flag’ Law For Guns

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) met with victims and survivors of the mass shooting to talk about ways to make students safer. “There were no commitments per se but there were a lot of discussions," Ed Scruggs, board vice chair of Texas Gun Sense said after the meeting.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

If Ebola Spreads ‘We Will Take Further Actions,’ HHS Secretary Vows

Congo officials have confirmed that the number of Ebola cases has hit 30 as the nation fights to contain the virus from spreading further.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

U.S. Life Expectancy Expected To Drop For Third Straight Year As Heart Disease Improvements Plateau

Gains made against the nation's No. 1 killer have previously offset losses in other places, but this year researchers aren't seeing that drop in heart disease deaths. In other public health news: cancer and artificial intelligence, colleges and disabilities, humans' oversized brain, trauma in kids, the happiest places to live, and more.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

First Edition: May 24, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

‘Time’s Up’: Covered California Takes Aim At Hospital C-Section Rates

Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven’t met targets for safety and quality, they’ll risk being excluded from the “in-network” designation of health plans sold on…
Posted in Children's Health, Health, Health Industry, Hospitals, Public Health, Women's Health

Now More Of Us Can Count On More Time Dodging The Dementia Bullet

Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns You’ve turned 65 and exited middle age. What are the chances…
Posted in Aging, Dementia, Health, Navigating Aging, Public Health

Watch: What’s In The White House Plan To Lower Drug Prices

President Donald Trump began talking about the high cost of prescription drugs long before he took office. He often spoke about how drug companies “got away with murder” on the campaign trail. He has continued these attacks, and in April the Trump administration unveiled a 44-page blueprint. But what’s in it? KHN’s Sarah Jane Tribble breaks it down, explaining the…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, Multimedia, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs, Trump Administration

Viewpoints: Progress On Right-To-Try Bill Gives Hope To Patients, Doctors; Remind Us, Please: Why Lose Focus On International Diseases?

Editorial pages focus on these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Different Takes: Enough Of Thoughts and Prayers On Gun Violence; Mental Health Care Curriculum Desperately Needed

Opinion writers weigh in on how to solve the deadly school shootings.…
Posted in Health

Perspectives: Getting Generics To Market Faster Will Help Drug Prices, But Is Public Shaming The Way To Go?

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals

‘I Just Took My Chances And I’m Hoping That It’s Safe’: Desperate Patients Turn To Black Market For Lower Cost Drugs

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

State Highlights: NYC Health System Aims To Recoup $11.5M In Denied Claims From UnitedHealthcare; Health System In Md. Warns 500,000 Patients Of Data Breach

Media outlets report on news from New York, Maryland, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Oregon and Virginia.…
Posted in Health, States

Don’t Swap Your Sunscreen Lotion For Pills, FDA Warns

No matter what companies may claim, ingesting a sunscreen capsule instead of lathering up will put you at risk. In other public health news: the health effects of alcohol and tobacco, coal miner's disease, superbugs, and air pollution.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Ebola Vaccine Faces Real-Time Effectiveness Test With The World Watching

“Today marks a turning point in how we deal with Ebola. We are moving from a strategy of containment to one of offering communities protection and care,” WHO official Peter Salama said of the new vaccine. However, even as scientists celebrate, real challenges stand in the way of success.…
Posted in Health, Health Chat, Public Health

Financial Toll Of Cancer Weighs Heavily On Patients Who Have To Decide What Treatment They Can Afford

While cancer has always been expensive to treat, the recent landscape of sky-high drug prices and other rising health costs is straining budgets and leading to astronomical medical debt.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

As Involuntary Rehab Rates Rise In Midst Of Crisis, Doctors Warn That The Practice Usually Doesn’t Work

Lawmakers in some states hit hard by the drug epidemic are trying to create or strengthen laws allowing authorities to force people into treatment, but experts say success stories are rare. In other news on the crisis: a cycle of despair for women who end up in and out of jails for crimes related to their drug addiction; death rates…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health, States

Virginia Democrats Walk Back From ‘Nuclear’ Threat As State Senate Delays Medicaid Expansion Debate

But a key Republican in the state's upper chamber said that there is a good possibility the legislation to expand the program will pass. "The question is, in what form?” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid, States, The Health Law, Uninsured

First Edition: May 23, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Have Milked Prices And Cost U.S. Billions

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found. As part of President Donald Trump’s promise to curb high drug prices, the Food and Drug Administration posted a…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Drug Costs, FDA, Health, Health Industry, Medicaid, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs, Trump Administration, U.S. Congress

Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed

A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps they need and fewer babies will be breastfed. Starting last month, Anthem Inc. slashed the rate it reimburses medical suppliers for breast pumps by 44 percent — from…
Posted in California Healthline, Children's Health, Cost and Quality, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Industry, Insurance, Insurers, The Health Law, Women's Health

Viewpoints: Public Health Lessons From Ending Our Smoking Culture

Editorial pages focus on these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Different Takes: Title X Proposal Jeopardizes Women’s Health Care; Trump’s Plan Exposes Planned Parenthood Lies

Opinion writers express their views on President Donald Trump's plans to cut Title X funding from facilities that offer abortion services or make referrals for them.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: California’s AG Suggests Filing Lawsuit To Defend Abortion Services; Elder Care Advocates Cite ‘Train Wreck’ As Minnesota Reforms Come Up Short

Media outlets report on news from California, Minnesota, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Virginia and Colorado.…
Posted in Health, States

Aid-In-Dying Law Falls Within Scope Of Improving Californians’ Health, AG Argues In Appeal Of Judge’s Decision

A judge recently overturned the legislation, saying it was passed illegally in a special session that was supposed to focus on specific health care issues. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra cited Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's statement from when he signed the bill into law as an example of how the measure fits into the scope of the special session.…
Posted in Aging, Health, Health Industry, States

Hospital Team That Handled Las Vegas Shooting Imparts Hard-Earned Wisdom To Others

Workers talked to staff at New Orleans' University Medical Center about the lessons they learned after the mass casualty event. They said that when faced with that number of patients, it was impossible to follow their standard practices, so they resorted to tactics used by the military in active combat. News on guns comes out of Texas, as well.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Can We Live Forever? One Scientist Has Devoted Much Of Her Life To Extending Humans’ Years On Earth

Laura Deming is excited about the possibilities and the results already achieved in experiments on animals. In other public health news: racial disparities in suicide rates; doctor burnout; the difference between HPV and HIV; DNA; barbershops and health care; and more.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Lack Of Cohesive National Health Records Database Stymies Cancer Research

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute has invested millions of dollars into determining the genetic sequences of patients’ tumors, but until patients’ medical records are linked to the genetic data, life-or-death questions cannot be answered.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Chinese Hospital Told Woman She Had To Pay Charges Before She Was Allowed To See Her Twin Babies

Although China now has near universal coverage, for those who lack insurance, the system can make you pay up front before you get treatment. In other international news: the World Health Organization has named certain lab tests as "essential," and Ebola's death toll continues to grow.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Is New York City Ready For Supervised Injection Sites For Heroin Users?

As New York mulls supervised injection sites, officials can look to Canada for a real-life example of how the idea plays out beyond theoretical discussions. And in other news on the national drug crisis: elder abuse; and death rates may have crested in Ohio.…
Posted in Aging, Health, Public Health, States

EHR Vendor Epic Nets Supreme Court Victory In Workers’ Arbitration Case

The court ruled that businesses can block employees from joining together to file claims for wage theft and other work-related violations. "The virtues Congress originally saw in arbitration, its speed and simplicity and inexpensiveness, would be shorn away and arbitration would wind up looking like the litigation it was meant to displace" if workers gathered their complaints under class action…
Posted in Courts, Health, Health Industry

First Edition: May 22, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Are You And Your Primary Care Doc Ready To Talk About Your DNA?

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people the answer is yes. But such information is not commonly part of routine primary care. For patients at Geisinger Health System, that could soon change. Starting in the next month or so, the Pennsylvania-based system will offer…
Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Health, Health Industry, Insuring Your Health, Public Health

Perspectives: Shortages Of Opioids Will Be Harmful To Terminally Ill Patients; Treat Addiction Like Any Other Life-Threatening Disease

Opinion writers focus on topics surrounding the opioid epidemic.…
Posted in Health, Public Health

Parsing Policy: For States, It’s Time To Step Up And Protect The ACA; Don’t Fall For Spurious Claims About Medicare For All

Opinion writers focus on these health care topics and others:…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, States, The Health Law

Viewpoints: Trump’s Move To Defund Planned Parenthood Harms Women; End ‘Shenanigans’, Find Lower Drug Prices With Generics

Editorial pages look at these and other health care issues in the news.…
Posted in Health, Health Care Costs, Mental Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

State Highlights: Virginia Gov. Vetoes ‘Counterproductive’ Health Care Bills; Details Lacking As Iowa Reports Savings For Privatized Medicaid

Media outlets report on news from Virginia, Iowa, Washington, California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Georgia.…
Posted in Health

Future Of Medical Marijuana Remains Uncertain In Missouri As Bill Dies In Committee

Now, the state's voters will get to weigh in on the issue at the voting booth in November. Also, the latest developments on marijuana from Michigan and Colorado.…
Posted in Health, States

Concerns Rise As California Hospitals Provide Few Details Following Crash Of Information System

While Sutter Health executive officer Sarah Krevans says everyone was provided "high-quality, safe patient care," during the outage, patients, doctors and nurses describe a different picture. More hospital news is reported out of Illinois, Washington and Texas, also.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health, States

Incoming NRA Chief Blames School Shootings On ‘Youngsters Who Are Steeped In A Culture Of Violence’

Oliver North, the new National Rifle Association president, also said the problem could stem from the many young boys who have “been on Ritalin” since their early childhood, and recommended that schools focus on "fortifying" their campuses. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center made a plea for blood donations to help the victims of last week's Texas school shooting.…
Posted in Health, Public Health, States

‘Watch And Wait’ Is Tough For Cancer Patients But More Are Opting For Treatment Option, Study Finds

With the harsh side effects of cancer medicines, and a growing concern over overtreatment, a strategy of “watchful waiting" — which includes regular blood tests, scans and doctor visits — can be the right approach to some cases.…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Netflix Series ’13 Reasons Why’ Returns But With New Emphasis On Suicide Prevention Efforts

Some critics of the series, which showed a suicide and sexual assault in graphic detail, blame the first season for glamorizing suicide.…
Posted in Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Among Surgery’s Potential Complications For Older Patients: Cognitive Losses

The Washington Post reports on this condition, which is known as post-operative cognitive decline. Though symptoms present in many ways, patients who experience it often face memory problems, difficulty multitasking, learning new things and setting priorities. Also in the news, the New York Times offers some tips on how to age well and stay at home.…
Posted in Aging, Cost and Quality, Health

First Edition: May 21, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care.

I’m 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with comprehensive health insurance. Yet, to afford the more than $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses required for the restorative dental work I’ve needed in the past 20 years, I’ve had to rely on handouts — from my mom. This was…
Posted in California Healthline, Cost and Quality, Dental Health, Health, Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Public Health

Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds. What Does That Mean?

The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program’s 4 million patients. Congress last year failed…
Posted in Abortion, Health, Health Industry, Public Health, Regulations, States, Trump Administration, Uninsured, Women's Health

Trump Nominates Acting VA Secretary To Lead Troubled Agency

President Donald Trump surprised Robert Wilkie Friday with the Veterans Affairs nomination announcement. “The president’s gift underscores his promise to do all that he can for veterans, which includes supporting those who care for our veterans,” Wilkie said at the briefing.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Insurance, Public Health

Best Reads Of The Week With Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. From nursing home bullies to do-it-yourself gene editing in teenagers’ garages, this week was a wild — or should we say “royal” in anticipation of a certain big event across the…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Drug Costs, FDA, Health, Health Industry, HHS, Insurers, Obamacare Plans, Opioids, Pharmaceuticals, Premiums, Prescription Drugs, Public Health, States, The Health Law, Trump Administration, Uninsured, Women's Health

Readers And Tweeters Are Buzzing Over ‘Bill Of The Month’

Send Us Your Medical Bill Bill of the Month logo Do you have an exorbitant or baffling medical bill? Join the KHN and NPR’s Bill-of-the-Month Club and tell us about your experience. We’ll feature a new one each month. Submit Your Bill It’s a club no one wants to join, but too many Americans these days find themselves automatically eligible for the “Bill of the…
Posted in Bill Of The Month, Cost and Quality, Cost Transparency, Health, Health Industry

Viewpoints: Tougher Work Rules For Poor People Getting SNAP Creates Fatter Government; Get Med Students Up To Speed On Addiction Treatment

Opinion writers look at these and other health topics.…
Posted in Health, Health Care Costs, Pharmaceuticals

State Highlights: Patients Suffer Some Of Worst Heart Transplant Outcomes At Renowned Houston Center; Report Criticizes Hepatitis A Crisis Response In San Diego

Media outlets report on news from Texas, California, Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, New Hampshire and Ohio.…
Posted in Health, States

Increased Spending From Georgia Expanding Medicaid Would Be Offset By Savings From Benefits Of The Decision

A new report finds that if the state expanded its Medicaid program, 473,000 more residents would have health coverage next year. Medicaid news comes out of Virginia, New Mexico, and Alaska, as well.…
Posted in Health, Medicaid, States

The Big Risks And Rewards Of Artificial Intelligence Playing A Role In Doctors’ Visits

The technology could improve care and revolutionize burdensome record-keeping practices, but it also carries thorny questions about who owns the data and how it’s used. In other public health news: strokes, emergency contacts, suicide, labor, acupuncture, cancer, the E. coli outbreak, and more.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Mental Health, Public Health

New Allegations Emerge Against University of Southern California’s Longtime Campus Gynecologist

For years, medical workers had accused the Dr. George Tyndall of touching women inappropriately during pelvic exams, as well as making racist and sexual remarks about patients’ bodies. The University of Southern California has come under fire for not immediately reporting him to the state medical board and for not making the allegations about him public until only after the…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Health, Health Industry, Public Health

Most Americans Think The Opioid Epidemic Is A Problem — Just Not One That’s In Their Backyard

Less than a quarter of the people surveyed feel it's an emergency in their community, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said. In other news on the crisis: the FDA criticizes a big data provider over a mistake concerning the amount of fentanyl prescribed over the past year; Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants information on steps a drugmaker has taken to…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

$10B Deal To Overhaul VA’s Digital Health Records Signed Despite Warnings It Could Prove To Be Boondoggle

Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement that the 10-year deal would make much-needed improvements that "will modernize the VA's health care IT system and help provide seamless care." Critics say that the contract is not written in a way that guarantees success for VA patients.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

NIH Suspends Enrollment In Drinking Study As Director Worries That Potential Ethical Breach Is ‘Tip Of A Larger Iceberg’

The controversy stems from reports that NIH officials met with players in the alcohol industry to woo them to fund the study, which supports the health benefits of moderate drinking.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health

California Predicts Premium Increase Of 11%, Plus Drop In Enrollment

Meanwhile, CMS rejected Ohio's application to eliminate the health law's individual mandate, saying the state didn't provide a complete plan.…
Posted in Health, Insurance, States, The Health Law

Newly Approved Drug Ushers In Hopeful Era For Patients Who Experience Debilitating Migraines

The drug will be listed at $6,900 a year and can be injected with a device similar to an insulin pen. While doctors are excited about the new treatment, some warn that it's "progress, but not a panacea."…
Posted in Health, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

First Edition: May 18, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

First Edition: May 18, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.…
Posted in Health

Between Death And Deportation

“Dear the most highly respected judge and court, I’m writing this because I love my mom. My mom is very important to me. I have no idea what to do without her. Even though my mom’s afraid, she’s not giving up.” This is the beginning of a plea written by a 13-year-old girl to the Department of Homeland Security. The…
Posted in Cancer, Clinical Trials, Cost and Quality, Health, Immigrants, Insurance, Medicaid, New York, States, Trump Administration, Uninsured

Between Death And Deportation

“Dear the most highly respected judge and court, I’m writing this because I love my mom. My mom is very important to me. I have no idea what to do without her. Even though my mom’s afraid, she’s not giving up.” This is the beginning of a plea written by a 13-year-old girl to the Department of Homeland Security. The…
Posted in Cancer, Clinical Trials, Cost and Quality, Health, Immigrants, Insurance, Medicaid, New York, States, Trump Administration, Uninsured

Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, have debated similar legislation and are watching Vermont’s progress closely. After all, the issue of drug importation polls well across…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, HHS, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs, States, Vermont

Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, have debated similar legislation and are watching Vermont’s progress closely. After all, the issue of drug importation polls well across…
Posted in Cost and Quality, Drug Costs, Health, Health Industry, HHS, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals, Prescription Drugs, States, Vermont

Research Roundup: Prescription For Drug Reform; Sexual Orientation and Depression in Adolescents

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.…
Posted in Health

Research Roundup: Prescription For Drug Reform; Sexual Orientation and Depression in Adolescents

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.…
Posted in Health

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Much Ado About Drug Prices

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Rebecca Adams CQ Roll Call @RebeccaAdamsDC Read Rebecca's Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories President Donald Trump’s blueprint to reduce drug prices frames almost as many questions as answers, but it does shine light on a vexing and complicated problem. Meanwhile, Vermont…
Posted in Abortion, Cost and Quality, Courts, Drug Costs, Health, Iowa, Medicare, Multimedia, Opioids, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, States, Trump Administration, U.S. Congress, Vermont, Women's Health

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Much Ado About Drug Prices

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Rebecca Adams CQ Roll Call @RebeccaAdamsDC Read Rebecca's Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories President Donald Trump’s blueprint to reduce drug prices frames almost as many questions as answers, but it does shine light on a vexing and complicated problem. Meanwhile, Vermont…
Posted in Abortion, Cost and Quality, Courts, Drug Costs, Health, Iowa, Medicare, Multimedia, Opioids, Pharmaceuticals, Podcast, States, Trump Administration, U.S. Congress, Vermont, Women's Health

Viewpoints: Trump’s Ideas On Prescription Drug Prices Put Patients Last; EPA Fails Duty To Report Real News On Water Quality

Editorial writers focus on these and other health issues:…
Posted in Health, Health Care Costs, Medicaid, Mental Health

Viewpoints: Trump’s Ideas On Prescription Drug Prices Put Patients Last; EPA Fails Duty To Report Real News On Water Quality

Editorial writers focus on these and other health issues:…
Posted in Health, Health Care Costs, Medicaid, Mental Health

Perspectives: Drug Policies On Opioid Prescriptions Fall Short; Why Jack Up Costs Of Life-Saving Naloxone?

Opinion writers weigh in on health topics surrounding the opioid crisis.…
Posted in Health

Perspectives: Drug Policies On Opioid Prescriptions Fall Short; Why Jack Up Costs Of Life-Saving Naloxone?

Opinion writers weigh in on health topics surrounding the opioid crisis.…
Posted in Health

Longer Looks: Caregivers In Prison; Medicare For All; Drunken Driving Laws

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

Longer Looks: Caregivers In Prison; Medicare For All; Drunken Driving Laws

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.…
Posted in Health

State Highlights: Ohio City’s Last Abortion Clinic Reopens For Business; Sacramento Approves Hospice For Terminally Ill Homeless People

Media outlets report on news from Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Illinois, Oregon and Florida.…
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State Highlights: Ohio City’s Last Abortion Clinic Reopens For Business; Sacramento Approves Hospice For Terminally Ill Homeless People

Media outlets report on news from Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Illinois, Oregon and Florida.…
Posted in Health, Health Industry, Public Health, States

At Site For Proposed Border Wall Sits A Community That’s Burdened By Poor Health

"We're not just about the border wall or the river," says Rose Timmer, a community advocate. "We're about being fat, we're about being poor, we're about being illiterate." Such advocates are working to improve the health of those who straddle the country line.…
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At Site For Proposed Border Wall Sits A Community That’s Burdened By Poor Health

"We're not just about the border wall or the river," says Rose Timmer, a community advocate. "We're about being fat, we're about being poor, we're about being illiterate." Such advocates are working to improve the health of those who straddle the country line.…
Posted in Health, Public Health, States